Nissan is really coming on strong with the Z Proto teasers. It was only Monday that they seemed to hint at a manual transmission. Many of you jokesters said that it was probably just the gear selector for a CVT, a not entirely unjustified concern. However, another teaser that dropped just this morning shows definitively that yes, the Z Proto will have an honest-to-god stick shift, with six-speeds and a rev match on/off switch like in the 370Z. We also get a few more glimpses of the exterior and some engine sounds.
We’ll let you be the judge of the engine sounds, but here’s a stock 400-horsepower V6 from the Infiniti Q50 400 Red Sport, the rumored powerplant for the Z, for comparison.
The video shows a very S30-like front 3/4 angle, as well as a shot that reveals glowing taillights for the first time (albeit from a side view). The illuminated elements do appear to be horizontal, but it’s hard to tell if they are like the ones shown in a line drawing last week.
As for the rest of the video, we get a peek at the door sill with an old school Z logo referencing the 240Z.
There’s also a shot of the wheel, which looks quite good in an age of overstyled, dual-finish rims. We wonder if the partnership with Rays will continue. And hey, stance kids, the tires come pre-white lettered! We’ll bet that last bit doesn’t make it into the production version, but as we said last week the Z Proto name indicates that we might not see a ready-to-buy Z35 for another two years. In any case, the Z Proto will be revealed live online September 15.